Longtime bar will make way for sister location of Turkish restaurant near the corner of Forbes and Braddock avenues.
The Commoner Restaurant & Bar will be part of the Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco, which will open later this fall in the James H. Reed Building at 435 Sixth Ave., Downtown.
Its executive chef will be Dennis Marron, who moved here two weeks ago after serving a similar role at Poste Modern Brasserie in Washington, D.C., where first lady Michelle Obama celebrated her birthday last year.
In addition to the restaurant, the nine-story boutique hotel will also house Commoner Corner, a cafe that will showcase breakfast sandwiches and smoked meats that will be carved to order. Mr. Marron also will be executive chef there.
With a wood-fired oven as the centerpiece of an exhibition kitchen, The Commoner will feature flatbreads, roasted fish and seasonal vegetables as well as decked-out pub fare like Scotch eggs and pork cheeks with crispy parsnips. Also expect classics such as beef tartare and grass-fed burgers topped with a drib of onion soup and gruyere as well as dishes such as roasted cauliflower with sage and walnut pesto.
The 16-seat beer-focused bar will display 20 taps for local brews, wine and cocktails.
“This is the kind of place I’ve always wanted to open,” Mr. Marron said of The Commoner. His wife grew up in Latrobe and her family lives in the area. The website goes live today at thecommonerpgh.com.
He has been an executive chef for Kimpton in the D.C. and Virginia area for the past seven years. Before he ran Poste, he was executive chef of the fine dining destination The Grille at Morrison House, as well as Jackson 20 Restaurant & Tavern in Alexandria, Va., both Kimpton properties.
“The Pittsburgh dining scene is becoming one of the most progressive in this part of the country,” said Mr. Marron. “It’s an exciting time to open a restaurant in Pittsburgh.”
At The Commoner, tiled floors and exposed support girders meet bold color and lighting in the 120-seat, 3,000 square-foot dining room designed by New York-based Mark Zeff Design.
The entrance to the sibling micro-restaurant, Commoner Corner, can be accessed inside the restaurant and from a walk-up window. The five-seat counter will have a sandwich-centric breakfast and lunch menu. Direct-trade coffee is from Caffe Vita, a Seattle-based indie coffee company. The restaurant will also offer a selection of juices, malts, sodas and shakes.
The hotel in the 1902 Beaux-Arts style building (the former Reed Smith building) along William Penn Place, between Sixth Avenue and Strawberry Way, will offer 247 rooms, a fitness center and 9,000 square feet of meeting space. Both the restaurants and hotel are expected to open at the same time.
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